My Last Night in Sydney

Trip Start Jul 18, 2012
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Trip End Aug 03, 2012


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Flag of Australia  , New South Wales,
Friday, August 3, 2012

Today, I woke up around 7:30 and Kate, Nerys, and I tried to figure out what to do for breakfast. We thought we might have it included in the price of our Contiki tour, but we weren't really sure, so we went down and asked. The man at the hotel restaurant said no, but Nerys went to reception and insisted that we get free breakfast, and they did end up giving it to us. Thank you, Nerys!

Kate and Nerys were doing a bridge climb today, and they wanted to use their Hop On, Hop Off bus tickets to get there. Since I was already a pro at it (yeah, right), I walked them down to the bus stop. Once they left, I walked a few more blocks to go find a geocache. I wanted to be able to say that I found one in Australia, and this was pretty much my last chance, so I'm really glad I was able to find it.

Then I went back to the hotel and had a real shower and then tried to take a nap. Unfortunately, the hotel decided to have a fire drill, so that didn't end up working out very well. I ate my leftover Subway for lunch. I knew the Contiki bus with all my friends in it was supposed to get to the hotel around 4:30, so I just killed time in the hotel room watching TV until it was time, and then I went down to meet them. It was great to see all my friends again. It felt like more than just a few days since I had seen them.

Everybody was standing around in front of the hotel, saying goodbye, exchanging contact information, and figuring out where their accommodations were. Katherine and Jo had each other, but Lee was going to be alone, so I walked with him to his hotel so that he could check in and stuff. He decided he wanted a shower, and he took about 3 weeks to decide what to wear. Finally, once he was looking nice and pretty, we had a chance to walk around Sydney. We mostly just walked down George St. and didn't really have much time until we were supposed to meet everybody for dinner.

We ate at the Star Bar. There weren't enough seats all together, so we had to split up into a couple different groups. It was really too bad, since it was our last night all together. It was still fun, though. I had fries with gravy, which everyone thought was weird, but they were good. It was really really hard to say bye to everyone. My family will back me up when I say that I'm not usually a touchy-feely type of person, so the fact that I hugged about 98984948 people within a 10 minute interval really says a lot. Carolyn, Lee, and I walked together for a while, so we saved our goodbyes until the last second. Lee was impossible to say bye to. I really wanted to drag him to New Zealand with me. Then I said bye to Carolyn once we got to my hotel.

By the time I got in, my roommates were in bed, but they woke up when I came in. I felt really bad, because I'm not usually the one who has to come in late when people are sleeping. And my shuttle to the airport was at 6:15 the next morning, so I had to get up early and try to leave quietly, too.

Overall, I really enjoyed my time in Australia. I was worried that choosing Contiki meant everybody would be drinking and that I'd feel left out, but I actually made some really good friends on the tour, and I'm glad I decided to do it. It is a really fast-paced way to tour, but it's a good way to get a taste of Australia and see which areas are worth coming back to spend more time in. I'd do it again in a heartbeat.

To continue reading about my trip, follow this link to the New Zealand half of the tour: http://blog.travelpod.com/travel-blog/book-thief/2/tpod.html 
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